Steve Gleason, other stars to stage flag football game at Newman

Associated Press photo by GERALD HERBERT -- Former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason, who is suffering from ALS, concentrates as he demonstrates the newest technology for Team Gleason House, which will open this spring in New Orleans.
Associated Press photo by GERALD HERBERT -- Former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason, who is suffering from ALS, concentrates as he demonstrates the newest technology for Team Gleason House, which will open this spring in New Orleans.

Just four days before Super Bowl XLVII, another important football game will happen in New Orleans.

That’s when former Saints safety Steve Gleason will join many of his former teammates for a benefit game.

Gleason, who has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and other former and current Saints players will take on the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball team in a flag football game at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Newman High School in New Orleans.

Proceeds from the game will benefit the Steve Gleason Foundation, which is designed to raise funds and awareness in the fight against ALS, and the Wounded Warriors initiative.

Among those participating for Team Gleason are Pro Football Hall of Famers Rickey Jackson and William Roaf, the only players enshrined in Canton, Ohio, based primarily on their careers with the Saints.

Also confirmed to appear are former Saints Morten Andersen, Joe Horn, Jon Stinchcomb, John Carney, Tyrone Hughes, Todd Bouman, Ernie Conwell, Scott Fujita, Zach Hilton, Orlando Ruff, Brad Edelman and Tom Dempsey.

Others are former LSU standouts Bert Jones, Eric Hill, Jarvis Green and Herb Tyler as well as NFL legends Rocky Bleier, Jerry Kramer, Bill Romanowski, Ted Johnson, Brian Baldinger and Super Bowl-winning coach Dick Vermeil.

In addition, Gleason will be joined for a special reunion by the other three players involved in “The Blocked Punt,” the highlight of the Saints’ 2006 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in the first game back in the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina.

Curtis Deloatch and former Falcons punter Mike Koenen and long snapper Boone Stutz will also be on hand for the event.

Gleason, who raced past Stutz after he snapped the ball for Koenen’s first punt of the game, cleanly blocked the kick, and Deloatch scooped up the bouncing ball for the touchdown that started the Saints’ 23-3 victory.

There will be a free autograph and photo session, as well as concessions.

Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available at http://www.woundedwarrioramputeesoftballteam.org or at the gate at the school, which is located at 1903 Jefferson Ave. in New Orleans.